Turning Tide [Andrew Muir, UK, 2018]

In the midst of World War Two, the clear blue Scottish sky is cut through by the ominous sound of aeroplane engines. But instead of a deadly fleet of German spitfires, a child’s toy plane zooms through the air. This engaging opening scene introduces the main juxtaposition of the film: war and childhood.

After witnessing a dogfight over the Scottish coast, young David comes face-to-face with an injured German soldier. In the minutes that ensue, the tension builds as both the child and the fighter must decide what happens next.

What’s instantly striking about this short film is the fresh, pastel palette and the strikingly dynamic shots. Muir makes the most of the beautiful Scottish scenery, choosing to shoot the story amongst vivid blue waves and glassy skies